God Wants to Glorify You

God Wants to Glorify You

What would you think if I told you that God wants to glorify you? Would you believe me? Would you dismiss my words and remind me that it’s supposed to be the other way around?

Many Christians act as if they’re afraid of any kind of attention being drawn to them. They try to hide from compliments and recognition like they’re scared somebody will assume they’re prideful, and think they’re trying to make it all about themselves. Guess what?!? When God’s children receive glory, He receives glory!

Think about it like this – if a child is well-mannered, respectful, and kind and helpful towards others, and somebody notices, who will they usually make a comment to about it? The parents! Why? Because the way that the child is behaving is likely a result of how the parents raised them. By giving the child credit for being a good kid, you are giving the parents credit for what a good job they are doing on raising their son or daughter!

In the same way, God is our Heavenly Father, so when people recognize us in a positive way, what they’re really recognizing is what God is doing in and through us. When God glorifies us, He gets glory in the process!

Still not convinced? Check out these scriptures on how God glorifies us!

  • God’s glory is upon you! (Is 60:1-2)
  • You display His splendor. (Is 61:3)
  • He has made you great. (Ps 18:35)
  • He’s endowed you with splendor. (Is 60:9)
  • God has crowned you with glory and honor. (Ps 8:5)

Catching Up with Kutless – the Music

Catching Up with Kutless - the Music
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Christian band Kutless has been in the music industry for a number of years now, having released their first album in the early 2000s. Over the years, the band has demonstrated both the hardcore and more laid back sides of contemporary Christian music. Kutless has fluctuated between a heavier rock sound and more of a worshipful style, with the band’s latest album, Glory, falling on the more worshipful side, and focusing primarily on glorifying our Heavenly Father.

While writing Glory, which guitarist James Mead describes as “vertical, exaltation-based praise music,” the band was studying the book of Revelation. “What we were really struck by,” he states, “is that in the Bible, in the scenes of worship you see in heaven all throughout Scripture, it is very much focused on Christ, and it is not very self-centered.” Mead mentions how in Revelation 4-5, it talks about the nations being gathered before the throne, and when Jesus steps into the throne room, it becomes an unanimous praise party. “We felt like ‘Man, that is exactly what we would hope for our concerts to be like,’” he continues. The band even jokingly started referring to it as “heaven practice!”

The song “In Jesus’ Name,” which is featured on Glory, reminds us that it is in Christ that we are saved and healed, and points listeners to Him. Lead singer Jon Micah Sumerall says that in Portland, Oregon, where the members of Kutless live, the name of God can be pretty generic, and used for a lot of different things. When you say Jesus, however, it becomes very specific. “The song really focuses in on the fact that there’s power in the name of Jesus,” Jon Micah Sumerall states.

All Kutless fans will be excited to know that a new album is in the works! The band will be working with the producer who did their first several albums. They’ve been writing new music. “We’re kind of turning back to the heavy days, which is gonna be super fun,” guitarist James Mead informs. “We just wanted to come out, and just do something crazy again, so we’re gonna rock your faces off!” The band will be touring this fall with Mark Shultz, Rush of Fools, David Dunn, and Natasha Owens, playing in about 30 different cities!

What is your favorite song and/or album by Kutless? Will you be attending one of the shows on their tour this fall?